Are lawyers dodgier than Politicians, Ctd

Politicians generally are pretty dodgy but there is building evidence that lawyers are dodgier than them:

A Hawke’s Bay lawyer has been charged with disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest and performing an indecent act to insult a police officer.

The woman, who cannot be named, is alleged to have committed the offences on New Year’s Eve on Breakwater Road in Napier.

The woman was to have appeared on the criminal list in Napier District Court this morning but her appearance was adjourned on the papers by a registrar.

She will appear before Judge Lindsay Moore next week.

 


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  • Brian Smaller

    Indecent act to insult a police officer? The mind boggles but I would guess all she did was bare her buttocks at him.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously got drunk and lost control of herself. In retrospect she no doubt realises she made a b****y fool of herself. Diversion in this case would be quite appropriate despite the ‘lewd’ aspect of the case which was probably trivial. I cannot see any reason why her career should be destroyed because of an isolated stupid incident. Perhaps part of any diversion should be to conduct a few seminars for young people on the follies of getting drunk and losing control of one’s self.

  • pdm

    She will be looking for a `Discharge without Conviction’ – does Diversion provide that. I understand she has to admit her guilt to get Diversion.

    • Quintin Hogg

      The person in question will be seeking diversion.

      Diversion means the charge gets dropped in return for an acknowledgment of guilt and an appropriate expression of remorse.

    • Anonymous

      Diversion and ‘Discharge without Conviction’ are separate processes. Diversion is a ‘police’ process’ Police simply drops charges when they grant diversion. Originally Diversion was an informal process set up by some sergeant acting on his own initiative and is now formalised with the writing of police policies and procedures on it.

      ‘Discharge without Conviction’ is an option available to the judge under the Sentencing Act but the Judge has to meet the requirements of S107, which requires them to be rather niggardly in granting such a discharge. See the following cases to get some idea of criteria:
      http://jdo.justice.govt.nz/jdo/GetJudgment/?judgmentID=177761
      http://jdo.justice.govt.nz/jdo/GetJudgment/?judgmentID=176771
       

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